Days after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh blamed Navjot Singh Sidhu’s inept handling of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the poor performance of the Congress in the urban areas, the Congress leader hit back saying he has been unfairly “singled out” for the party’s poor show.
Sidhu said the defeat was a collective responsibility and that he was being targeted unfairly. He further said that the Punjab CM can take any decision and he will follow it silently.
The war of words between the Chief Minister and his Local Bodies Minister intensified when Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu for party’s poor performance in the state’s urban areas and said his actions during the parliamentary elections had not only harmed him but also Rahul Gandhi.
The cause of provocation was Sidhu’s controversial remarks on sacrilege issue as well as blaming the Chief Minister for denial of party ticket to his wife from Chandigarh.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh last week said he intended to change the minister’s portfolio.
The Chief Minister further said he was confident that not just party President Rahul Gandhi but even Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, would agree to the change in Sidhu’s portfolio in the interest of the state, and to strengthen the party.
Singh further said he would soon take up with the Congress high command the issue of Sidhu’s controversial remarks on sacrilege issue as well as blaming the Chief Minister for denial of Congress ticket to his wife from Chandigarh.
Sidhu had accused the Chief Minister of being responsible for the denial of a poll ticket to his wife Navjot Kaur from Chandigarh.